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When Cosplay Gets Wild and WonderfulThis weekend, the winter Wonder Festival barreled through Tokyo. The twice a year event is primarily for figurines, but hey, where there are nerds, there are cosplaying nerds.



Here's a sample of some of the cosplay on hand, with photos from Gigazine, Akiba Blog, Otaku.com, and Asagawo Blog. Some of the most interesting cosplay were the ones in which characters were reworked or reimagined entirely. That straight up Raiden ain't half bad, either.



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美少女から聖闘士にメイドまで、ド派手な衣装がそろったコスプレ写真まとめ in ワンフェス2013[冬] [Gigazine]

ワンダーフェスティバル 2013[冬] の男性&ネタなコスプレイヤー [アキバBlog]

ワンダーフェスティバル 2013[冬] コスプレまとめ記事!まおーさまマジまおーさますぎるw【計74枚】 [オタク.com]

1, 2, 3, 4 [アサガヲBlog]





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The Arrest of Japan's Most Wanted Troll Leads to Cute Cat PicWell, they caught him. Apparently. After turning an anime director's computer into a Trojan Horse for menacing messages, after threatening to blow up Nintendo, and after sending a Japanese cops on a wild goose cat chase, the man believed to be the country's most wanted (and dangerous) troll is in police custody.



The suspect is Yusuke Katayama. He's 30 years old and really likes cats.



The capture came after one final stunt that involved a stray cat and a memory card. After that, the alleged hacker said he would not be sending any more messages.



According to AP, the Japanese authorities were able to use some good old-fashioned police work to nab this suspect: tracing the memory card and analyzing security camera footage. Security cameras near where the stray cat was found had apparently captured a suspicious-looking individual. Another security camera spotted Katayama leaving the scene on a motorcycle.



Japan's ANN News reports that the day before Katayama was arrested, he spent about an hour at a cat cafe in Tokyo's Asakusa, where he ordered a beer and played with cats. The manager of the cat cafe said that Katayama really got into playing with the cats, picking them up and spinning them around on the floor. "It seemed like he was really into cats," the cafe's manager said.



At another cat cafe in Akihabara, police have confiscated a computer which Katayama supposedly used. Staff at the cafe said Katayama came to the internet cafe seven times since last October and would use the net for about two to three hours each time, reports Yahoo Japan.




Back in 2005, Katayama, who apparently dropped out of university due to his online gaming addiction, was arrested for posting murder threats on 2ch, Japan's largest online forum. According to ANN News, Katayama threatened an employee at a major record label, demanding that the company stop using a cat as its mascot. Katayama, who was found guilty, said at the time, "I wanted to see my messages become hot topics online."



This latest string of attacks, it seems, was an effort to embarrass the police.



The Arrest of Japan's Most Wanted Troll Leads to Cute Cat Pic



Now that Katayama has been fingered as the primary suspect, a photo of him embracing a cat has surfaced on MSN. "This guy really, really likes cats," wrote one 2ch user (via Itai News). "Nobody who likes cats is bad," wrote another. "He seems like a good person," added yet another. Others wryly chimed in that no way somebody this nice to cats could be evil, and that the cops got the wrong guy.



Elsewhere, other 2ch members said that Katayama looked like your "typical" otaku (geek), and created images like this:



The Arrest of Japan's Most Wanted Troll Leads to Cute Cat Pic



On the left, it loosely says, "Online Katayama." On the right, there's a photo of the suspect as he was being taken into police custody. The text reads, "Real World Katayama." That real world Katayama picture isn't accurate, however. He should be holding a cat.



Katayama is telling authorities there is no truth to these charges and is denying he's guilty.



Back in 2006, game localizer and author Hiroko Yoda from AltJapan photographed the stray cat (above) way before it was used to hide the memory card.



(Top photo: Hiroko Yoda | AltJapan)



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These Dragon Age Characters Aren't Real, But They Damn Well Should BeI showed you the Mass Effect entries in CGHub's big BioWare competition last week, so today, it's only fair that Dragon Age gets its turn.



Perhaps because of its less iconic visual design, perhaps because people got all cold on the series after 2, but there aren't as many entries as there were for Mass Effect (one, as you'll see, is even a Mass Effect crossover). Those that are there, though, are tremendous,



To recap: CGHub is a site where (mostly) professional artists in the entertainment industry hang out. This competition was for members to design their own, new Dragon Age characters, from either existing races or, if their imaginations took flight, from an entirely new race.



You can check out all the entries in the competition (in massive, hi-res versions, to boot) here.





These Dragon Age Characters Aren't Real, But They Damn Well Should Be By Bikash Das


These Dragon Age Characters Aren't Real, But They Damn Well Should Be By Jan Harcarik


These Dragon Age Characters Aren't Real, But They Damn Well Should Be By Jonathan Brandao


These Dragon Age Characters Aren't Real, But They Damn Well Should Be By Kelvin Luo


These Dragon Age Characters Aren't Real, But They Damn Well Should Be By Niko Nikizar


These Dragon Age Characters Aren't Real, But They Damn Well Should Be By Pavel Vol'Pin


These Dragon Age Characters Aren't Real, But They Damn Well Should Be By Ted Edin
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A Gaming Room For Which The Word "Room" Doesn't Really Do It JusticeReddit user ScienceBrah has a personal trainer, and that personal trainer's name is James.



I tell you this only because James has one of the most kick-ass gaming rooms I've ever seen.



There are so many games—organised properly, thank the Maker—down there he could hand out plastic cards and call it a game library.



my personal trainer just showed me his game stash, had to take pictures and share it with you guys. jaw-dropping [Reddit]





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For $25,000, You Can have Your Own Giant RoboCop Killing MachineThis is, as close as we can get in 2013 anyway, a real version of RoboCop's famous ED-209. It's reportedly an actual Hollywood prop, built for RoboCop 2, and stands ten-feet tall.



It won't move or shoot executives in the face, but then, it's "only" $25,000, available via an eBay auction. A real executive face-shooter would surely cost a lot more than that.



I wonder if the "complete transaction" screen gives you only ten seconds to comply...



Full-Size Robocop ED-209 for Sale: Only $25K [technabob]



For $25,000, You Can have Your Own Giant RoboCop Killing Machine


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RAGE's Mod Tools Are Daunting, But Might Result In Awesome "New" GamesHaving been promised for an age, id Software finally made good last week on a pledge to release a modding tool kit for its ambitious, if slightly wonky 2011 shooter RAGE.



And what a set of tools it is.



If you were hoping for a friendly system full of handy tips and giant buttons, sorry. These are basically the same tools id used to build the game themselves, and carry warnings like the fact this stuff is "not be interpreted as consumer-ready", and that it's "only for the technically sophisticated and adventurous!"



Only serious modders need apply, but then, the payoffs might be worth the toil; RAGE had a ton of potential, especially in terms of its game world, that was capped only by some repetitive action and a pretty terrible ending.



In the hands of someone other than id, with the power of serious tools, who knows...we might get a game built using RAGE's bones, but better. Or not. But hey, it's a nice day outside, given the talents of modders I'm going to be optimistic!



The tools—which are 35GB in size—are available on Steam, with an intro guide below.



RAGE Tool Kit Available Today on Steam [Bethesda]


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An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayIt's easy to cosplay as Mario. Put on a fake moustache and some overalls. It's hard, very hard, to cosplay as Mario and do it well.



Today, though, we're seeing the best damn Mario cosplay I've ever seen. And one of the best Lara Croft cosplays I've ever seen. Which would have been enough for a great week as it is, but then someone else went and dressed up like Resident Evil 4's merchant, so now it's even greater.





To see the larger pics in all their glory (or, if they're big enough, so you can save them as wallpaper), right-click on them below and select "open in new tab".

Fancy Pants is a weekly look at the very best in the world of cosplay (costume play), where people dress up as their favorite video game characters.



An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on pikminlink.






An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on arlo-arleh.




An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on Captainhask.




An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on yayacosplay.




An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on Vera-Chimera.




An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on YokoOmi.




An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on Donttellme.




An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on Marivel87.




An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on Its-Raining-Neon.




An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on Nintentoys.




An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on gbright1.




An Almost Perfect Week Of Video Game CosplayAs seen on Forcebewitya.

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At first, I was all, "Why do they keep moving their heads like that? It looks stupid". Then I realised, they're so into this they're looking for walkers. Can't play more than a few strums without checking their surrounds for trouble.



That's how you stay alive, people. Stay alive and find the time to play a hard duet.



This isn't the first time we've seen Camille and Kennerly on the harps. It is, however, the first time we've seen them... wearing jeans?



The WALKING DEAD Theme (Electric Harp Duet) [YouTube]


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I Never Thought I'd See An N64 Controller As Beautiful As This OneFunny-looking and with a propensity for their joysticks to break just by looking at them, I think the N64 controller is—and I realise this is a relative award—Nintendo's worst ever controller.



Oh. Except this one, by Zoki64. This one's wonderful. Painted in a retro style and with a fabulous glossy finish, it looks so hot I'd be afraid to use it. It'd just sit there. Maybe in a glass box. And if anybody tried to even think about touching it, oh boy, there'd be all kinds of this going on.



custom NES themed N64 controller [DeviantArt, via it 8-bit]



I Never Thought I'd See An N64 Controller As Beautiful As This One


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The Legend of Zelda is a New York Times Bestseller. No, Really.Barely a week into its western release, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is a New York Times No. 1 bestseller. Shouldn't that designation come with an exclamation point or two? Fine! Here!!



See for yourself here, it's topping the "Hardcover Advice & Misc." category, though that doesn't mean it's a strategy guide or a D&D Monster Manual.



Hyrule Historia offers concept art, the official chronology of the Zelda series, and the full history of Hyrule, per its title. If you're looking to learn more about its contents, here's our preview (with a couple of page scans.)


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